Wendy Davis backs travel ban

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis became the latest Democrat to support a West African travel ban on Friday, calling it a "commonsense step" to prevent the spread of Ebola.

In her first public comments on Ebola, Davis said the ban should only apply to non-U.S. citizens coming from countries with high infection rates.

"We must do everything we can as a state and as a nation to ensure [Ebola] remains contained and that families stay safe," Davis said in a statement late Friday.

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Davis made the statement hours after Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a travel ban for the first time. Perry, who is not running for reelection, also said that any healthcare workers potentially exposed to Ebola should be added to the country's no-fly list.

The Fort Worth state senator also urged residents to "remain calm" amid swelling public fear about the disease. Schools in Texas and in Ohio, where one of the infected nurses had traveled before she was diagnosed, have closed this week out of caution for Ebola.

Davis is considered a long shot in the red state's gubernatorial contest, where she is facing GOP Attorney General Greg Abbott. The Republican candidate has not publicly said whether he supports a ban.

Davis is among a handful of Democratic candidates across the country who have backed a travel ban, including vulnerable Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms MORE (D-N.C.).

The White House has maintained that a travel ban is off the table because it would hinder international efforts to stop Ebola.